A New Beginning

Category: Birth Blog
Created on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 Written by Heather
I haven't used this blog for it's intended purpose in quite awhile. I'm not sure when I will post more about birth again... probably when I find myself pregnant once again as that seems to be the trend for the past several children! But I think I would like to change the nature of this blog indefinitely. I have a new website that my husband and I are working on and it's where most of my time will be spent when it comes to posting online, but I wanted to write about the day to day as well. This may be the closest thing that I have to a journal right now and I'd like to leave a record of these years to reflect upon later. My kids are growing up fast!    So, here it goes. Day 1:    The good moments: *I cleaned out the fridge. It desperately needed it. Why I don't do this every single week is a mystery. I let it build up until there is no more space and then have to spend triple the time cleaning it. My goal is to revisit the fridge again next monday and make sure it stays clean! *I worked out first thing. I did an hour long Jillian Michael's dvd and then went on an 11 minute run. (Cam had to leave for class, so I had to take what I could get!) I am so much happier when I work out first thing. Makes my life easier. *I helped the girls sew pillows today. This is big for me. I am NOT a crafty person. But, it showed me how much more time I need to spend on projects like this. They absolutely loved it and were carrying them around for the rest of the day. Mercy is sleeping on her pillow right now! *The kitchen and living room are clean and I will be in bed before 11pm! This is a major victory as I am trying to get up early so I can workout before life begins. *I measured my hips and waist today! I'm pretty sure I've lost at least 15 inches in my hips. I never measured right before I started to lose weight, but am pretty sure I was at least 15 inches wider. So, I will take that as a victory! *I ate salad today for lunch. Yay for greens! *Bella told me all about her nightmare last night (she dreamed that she got in trouble for something Eben did wrong and nobody believed her! And Tali's mom was angry with her! Poor girl! Then, at bed time she prayed to have "good nightmares." She is awesome. Simply awesome. *Eben was just Eben. My cute little monkey. Making messes and talking like he is totally in charge of everything. *And, last, but certainly not least... We finally held Family Home Evening again (it's been a few weeks!) and it was wonderful. The girls each received a father's blessing. And Mercy requested the most awesome hymn for our closing song. "I Know That My Redeemer Lives." I love that she knows that hymn and then actually requests to sing it. Her all time favorite, however, is "The Spirit of God." What a great kid!    Things I want to do better: *Stay off of facebook. What is it with facebook? *Just keep working until the work is done and don't forget to stop and just play with the little ones. This time is so fleeting.  *Take control over the sugar. I am addicted all over again. Dumb sugar! That's all. Until tomorrow!       

What Comes After the Morning After Pill?

Category: Uncut Today
Created on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 Written by Heather Berry

It’s a dangerous day when you get me on the topic of birth control for minors, but since I read this article in the New York Times today, I have no choice.

The FDA is evil. If you think that they’re concerned with your personal heath and well-being, you are viciously deceived. It’s all about the all mighty dollar and what is best for business rather than health.

Thank you, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius!

According to the FDA, the morning after pill is safe. But, isn’t anyone over there worried about the other, perhaps more serious, effects of young children taking such medication? 11, 12, 13 year olds having unprotected sex and then hoping to hide the proof of it by not getting pregnant. Yes, these children should have a prescription. Yes, their parents need to know and YES we need to scream abstinence in our schools and clubs because this is getting ridiculous.

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Disengaging the Drive

Category: Uncut Today
Created on Thursday, 01 December 2011 Written by Heather Berry

I like David Brooks. He says things in ways that I understand and can respect... even if I don’t always agree. This article, however, is one I can agree wholeheartedly with.

It reminds me of a blog
I wrote last month.

Why is it that those that disagree with the way we run entitlement programs in this country are viewed as heartless or selfish or any number of the other criticisms that have been slung towards the right?

The thing is, we’re not selfish! Not the majority of us! We just happen to believe that work is an important principle and when you begin to undermine it with programs that discourage self sufficiency, you create a civilization that looses sight of what makes this country great. We are great because our country was founded by men who were the underdog. Against all odds we went to battle with the British Empire. Brave men and women sacrificed all and didn’t give up or abdicate power to someone else when the going got hard. The great leaders and thinkers of our world didn’t rely on government handouts, but on their own resources and desires to succeed.

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My Life Report

Category: Uncut Today
Created on Thursday, 24 November 2011 Written by Heather Berry

David Brooks wrote this in his column today. The Life Reports. It made me reflect a bit on what I’d like my life report to be.

As a mother, I’ve often times found moments where I desired dearly to do something besides change diapers and break up toddler fights. As the years go by, there are moments where my past working life has felt more and more glamorous. Washing dishes, doing laundry are endless chores. There is never a true end in sight. The ongoing to-do list can often times feel overwhelming. And then you add homeschooling to the list of things you need to do and all of a sudden you are drowning. While a comparison is simply unfair, there are moments where I’ve been a little jealous of my husband’s ability to leave the home and work or go to school-- his vocation being distinct and different from home life.

But, then I remember how blessed and fortunate I am. The dishes and laundry and diapers are worth every second I get to spend with the precious children God has blessed our lives with. The moments of pure joy as they learn something new can never be replicated in the work place. These little people are pure and without guile. They are brilliant and see life in such vibrant colors... colors that I’m not sure I’m even capable of seeing anymore. (Although the longer I spend with them, the closer I get to reclaiming that ability.) If I had a “job”, doing more “glamorous” work, I’d be sorely missing out on life’s purest pleasures. I’d be missing out on the questions that help me to see life a little differently. I’d be missing out on life’s greatest lessons. I’d be missing out on the simplest of pleasures that engulf our home daily. You just can’t find that in the work place.

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